• Campagnolo to launch new Super Record RS groupset1 year 6 weeks agoLovely, but why? That means

    Lovely, but why? That means Campag now have Veloce, Centaur, Athena, Chorus, Record, Super Record, and now this. Overkill?

  • Campagnolo to launch new Super Record RS groupset1 year 6 weeks agoVery very nice.

    Very very nice.

  • Badger watch1 year 6 weeks agoOuch - GWS! There's always a

    Ouch - GWS!

    There's always a cost to whatever we do - even yesterday I was cycling along a shared ped/cyclist path and was verbally assaulted by an irate runner that didn't understand the sign of a bike and a walker in a blue circle meant that peds share the space with considerate cyclists.

  • Where's daddy going?1 year 6 weeks agoAt last a realistic rendition

    At last a realistic rendition of a Dad who like me has to balance life's pressures against the bike.

  • Paris Nice1 year 6 weeks agoBudget is right. We can't all

    Budget is right. We can't all pick the same stars.

  • Just in: Kinesis Tripster ATR1 year 6 weeks agoThis frame is the basis of my

    This frame is the basis of my current dream bike build. One day maybe. Day Dreaming

  • Taipei Cycle: New products from Culprit, Santini & Birzman + bonus lugged wooden bike1 year 6 weeks agoThat wooden frame looks

    That wooden frame looks amazing and I really want one!

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agopanda1 wrote:I don't think

    panda1 wrote:
    I don't think its as simple as sacking the driver for one instance - I know we would all like that to happen. But in this case there is Employment Law to think about.

    Employment law allows for summary termination due to gross negligence. The driver is a professional (in the loosest sense...) driver. As he cannot, and will not (intentionally) carry out is duties in a competent manner, he can be sacked.

    He also breaches health and safety law, which is meant to safeguard both employees and any member of the public encountered. Again, that's gross misconduct.

    If the company sacked the driver, I'm fairly sure they have a more than reasonable case to do so.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:Quote:We

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Quote:
    We boycotted everything South African when I was a kid. As soon as Mandela was elected my dad made a point of buying South African fruit and wine.

    I bet the whites in South Africa were not the ones who suffered from that.

    If you believe that, you're an... [fill in the blank].

  • Wiggle launch Black Series by Tune1 year 6 weeks agoQuite liking the seat post.

    Quite liking the seat post.

  • Strade Bianche Rider List1 year 6 weeks agoenrique wrote:... now we can

    enrique wrote:
    ... now we can add Finetto...

    Yay! Finetto's in! Thanks to whoever is running this! Dan? Smile

    Is Evans out, or is he just not active on the game? Thinking

  • Paris Nice1 year 6 weeks agoSanderville wrote:... I need

    Sanderville wrote:
    ... I need more money. I know I say that every year but it's always too hard....

    I wish we had a bigger budget! Crying

  • Podium Cafe VDS1 year 6 weeks agoBardet and Kelderman at

    Bardet and Kelderman at Paris-Nice is likely to be the benchmark as to whether my rationale of picking lots of cheap young'uns is a better idea than known points scorers.

    Just seen the 'similar teams to yours' point on VDS - Hopefully we can share in eachother's success TERatcliffe.

  • Paris Nice1 year 6 weeks agolivestrongnick wrote:big

    livestrongnick wrote:
    big question for me is Meersman or Boonen? Thinking

    Ha! Perhaps rather foolishly, I have neither. Degenkolb instead. Meersman seems overpriced (though that's what I thought about Kwiatkowski in the Algarve so what do I know?).

    You have given me food for thought with Boonen, though. If nothing else, form's form Thinking

  • Local Bike Shops - Are they really doing OK?1 year 6 weeks agoI buy my parts online and use

    I buy my parts online and use a local guy working as a mechanic to fit them for me.
    It's quicker for me to be sat on my sofa/at workand decide what parts I want and have them arrive the next day, as opposed to go to a shop, find what I want isn't in stock (as all they seem to stock locally is Shimano and Commuter crap) wait for them to order it, only they won't order it just for me as they'll wait till they have a few things from that distro to order instead, and to then be more expensive than what I could have got quicker and easier online.

  • Taipei Cycle: New products from Culprit, Santini & Birzman + bonus lugged wooden bike1 year 6 weeks agoWhat butt ugly bikes those

    What butt ugly bikes those Culprit offerings are. The wooden bike, looks do much more stylish and it's really only carbon in another form.

  • Strade Bianche Rider List1 year 6 weeks agoGerdemann out... Bang goes a

    Gerdemann out... Bang goes a lot of people's go-to 3.0 choice (or one of them, anyway). Wonder if he will actually do anything this season or not?

    Reminds me though - MTN-Qhubeka's kit is my favourite in the pro-peloton bar none. I don't wear replica jerseys, but if I did it'd be this one.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoBez wrote:"I make mistakes,

    Bez wrote:
    "I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, and we need tolerance on the roads"

    In a way I admire his stoicism, but this wasn't a mistake. It was intentional. And was so, so close to being fatal.

    Sorry, but a driver who does this should simply not have a licence. This is like having a gun licence and firing a bullet an inch from someone's head. It is entirely indefensible.

    Yes, yes.. but the road system is essential to the wealth of the nation!!

    Just ask Boris.

    *spits*

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agoYorkshie Whippet wrote:I

    Yorkshie Whippet wrote:
    I notice the resident HGV drivers don't seem to be saying much. No tales of poorly lit or no hi-viz.

    Sad to say this is getting more and more common. The only way to stop it is to tie said drivers to a stake as their vehicle is driven at them at speed. Make them understand how it feels.

    Everything we do in life is incentive-driven.

    The 'only way to stop it' is for the cost to the driver to outweigh the benefits he accrues (even if those benefits are only 'the fun in terrifying a cyclist').

    If the courts will not impose fines and/or custodial sentences, then two burst testicles would usually be a good alternative to let the driver see the error of his ways.

  • Paris Nice1 year 6 weeks agoIt's too hard. I need more

    It's too hard. I need more money. I know I say that every year but it's always too hard.

    Maybe this isn't the place to ask, and without wishing to start a whole flaming argument, how come Meersman is "AR" and Terpstra is "PC"?

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agodreamlx10 wrote:Quote:We

    dreamlx10 wrote:
    Quote:
    We boycotted everything South African when I was a kid. As soon as Mandela was elected my dad made a point of buying South African fruit and wine.

    I bet the whites in South Africa were not the ones who suffered from that.

    Not old enough to remember are you? Both economic and sport sanctions were called for by ANC and COSATU. But it wasn't black people who owned the fruit farms and vineyards. These were cash exports. Very different to stopping imports as per Iraq.

    I put more store by Mandela's an Tambo's thanks than your comments if that's ok?

    Wasn't my point anyway which is that you not pnly use your custom to punish but also to reward. The owner of the business could easily have said it was a police matter and not done anything.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agooozaveared

    oozaveared wrote:
    cyclingDMlondon wrote:
    Chuck wrote:
    Christ that's close. Whatever punishment is heading the driver's way it needs to be serious.

    It won't be. Tory policy is that the fluidity of the road network 'is essential to the prosperity of the nation'.

    'fluidity' is apparently synonomous with 'impunity'.

    Sooner or later, we're going to wake up and send a loud and clear message to the police and the courts.

    'Either you enforce the law, or we will do it for you'.

    I don't think crap driving and police and CPS not taking it seriously was invented in 2010. I've been cycling on the road properly as part of a club since 1973. I didn't notice it got suddenly better between 1974 and 1979 and then worse until 1997 when it got better for 13 years and then suddenly bad again in 2010.

    I don't think bad driving has anything at all to do with whether the DoT currently has a Conservative or Labour Minister at its head. I also don't think that aspiring to keep traffic moving necessarily translates to "sod road safety" in fact it means the opposite.

    In fact I think you just tried to crowbar a pettty political prejudice into a conversation about road safety for cyclists.

    If you look you'll see that road safety all round has been getting better and better despite more and more traffic since the 1960s whichever colour of government has been in power.

    Casualties and fatalities have been decreasing because of better brakes and tyres on cars, and better medical technology in A&E, allowing more lives to be saved (a similar phenomenon was observed in the United States, where despite the preponderance of large-calibre self-loading pistols with upwards of ten rounds apiece, emergency room staff were still getting better and better at saving lives).

    What has changed for the worse in this country is the culture of impunity which has been growing around road travel. The UK has had Tory government since 1979, and neoliberal philosophy is centred around the transfer of wealth (in its widest possible definition) from the poor to the rich. Everything else takes a back seat, including public spending on things like police and the courts (witness the restrictions on access to legal aid and judicial review). So the police have less money, and so must 'prioritize' where their resources are placed.

    More money gets spent on 'domestic abuse' prevention (laudable, even though it is almost exclusively devoted to male-on-female abuse, despite clear and unequivocal figures demonstrating that physical, psychological and sexual abuse is almost always mutual within a couple), and so less money is available elsewhere.

    Cycling is seen as a minority activity - principally infantile and as a result, there is a growing belief that injuries and deaths to cyclists are 'no more than [we] deserve'. But it would be wrong to see this as short-term, and thus addressable. It isn't. Minorities in Britain are never respected, often brutalized and cast out, and thus no one should be surprised when cyclists do not get treated as adult human beings, but as children who get in the way of 'adult' car and van drivers. Adults have the right - some would say the duty - to chastise children for their transgressions, which goes some way to explaining the willingness of drivers to get out of a car and punch cyclists around the head.

    In this political and social climate, change will not come by asking drivers nicely. Nor will it come from petitioning Parliament to change the laws (not until Parliament finds something more important than making the oligarchy more powerful and richer than it is). Change will come from pepper spray, collapsible batons and steel toecapped boots.

    I'm sorry. I really am. My words might shock you, but I am right.

    To sum up, Chomsky once said that people with power understand one thing only: violence. On the roads of Britain, power is wielded by those with motor vehicles.

  • Top Gear: Cyclist’s widow tells Jeremy Clarkson: 'Look me in the eye'1 year 6 weeks agoguyz2010. Clarkson is just an

    guyz2010. Clarkson is just an oaf. Period.

  • Video: Caravan firm "horrified" after cyclist suffers shocking near-miss1 year 6 weeks agopaulmcmillan wrote:I perceive

    paulmcmillan wrote:
    I perceive this as a totally unacceptable close pass.

    BUT - What is a close pass from a legal perspective?

    When it comes down to it only the legal perspective matters.

    Highway code 168:
    You SHOULD give cyclists as much room as you would when overtaking a car.

    The Met police website says (http://content.met.police.uk/Site/roadsafelondon):
    Video footage:

    "Occasionally, people refer us to video footage... They must not rely on a perception of distance such as a close pass as the apparent distance will vary according to the type camera and settings. There are other issues with video evidence, such as parallax error, which makes objects appear close together when they are seen in line."

    This suggests that video evidence is not enough itself to prove a close pass.

    As a cyclist, if you are passed too closely by another vehicle- where do you stand in terms of the law?

    What space does the law entitle me to as a cyclist and how does it define and defend this?

    I think despite all that this is so obviously very close and so obviously deliberate that a charge of threatening behaviour could be made to stick, as was the case in Wales recently. That driver got six months. This one deserves the same. An incident like the one in the video would be enough to make me pack in riding.

    It makes me wonder even more about some of the recent 'low-sun' cases of cyclists being killed, to be honest. How would we ever know if these were punishment passes like this 'gone wrong'?

  • Paris Nice1 year 6 weeks agoOne thing factored in TER's

    One thing factored in TER's updates but not detailed - Porte is out. Froome has back-knack so Porte moves to Italy. Everyone is happy with this

    http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/03/news/aso-angry-portes-shift-tirre...